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Initiated: Memoir of a Witch
4.14
really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed this memoir. Garcia has writin
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Aug 15, 2019
Aug 10, 2019
 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
4.13
it was amazing
I almost never feel at a loss for words after reading something. I listened to the audio and it frequently left me breathless in my car and in my kitc ...more
Jun 12, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
 
The Good Immigrant: 26 Writers Reflect on America
4.31
it was amazing
Almost every essay in this collection worked for me on a craft and content level. There are so many stories here, and so many ways of telling them. An ...more
Feb 06, 2019
Jan 29, 2019
 
How to Be an Antiracist
4.49
it was amazing
For a review of this book, I want to first point you toward Sonya (@wocreader)'s review on here, which is basically perfect and says more about this b ...more
Sep 2019
Aug 25, 2019
 
Make it Scream, Make it Burn
4.00
really liked it
I received an egalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; opinions are my own.

Leslie Jamison is such a good essayist, y’a
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Jul 23, 2019
Jan 18, 2019
 
Sabrina & Corina: Stories
4.33
it was amazing
This book is one of those dazzling ones, the ones that keep you enthralled with tight structure and the bright petals of atmospheric sentences and cha ...more
May 06, 2019
Oct 13, 2018
 
Black Light
3.98
it was amazing
I’ll start with the obvious: I *loved* this book. It does a service to the short story form. The characters in these stories are so weird and so full ...more
Jun 18, 2019
Jun 05, 2019
 
Sorry to Disrupt the Peace
3.38
really liked it
[CW: suicide] I’ve had this book on my TBR since I heard Russell at ink & paper blog recommend it last year, and decided to read it this year as p ...more
May 28, 2019
Apr 13, 2018
 
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story
4.10
it was amazing
This book is so delightful. I really love Tobia’s ‘gender-chill’ approach to discussing identity. They’re very funny, for one thing, and I found mysel ...more
Mar 22, 2019
Dec 22, 2018
 
Real Queer America: LGBT Stories from Red States
4.13
really liked it
The story of an endlessly endearing queer trans journalist who sets out on a road trip to prove that middle America is not just as queer, but queerer, ...more
Jan 15, 2019
Jan 06, 2019
 
She Would Be King
4.00
really liked it
This book definitely fits into the category of ‘epic.’ Beginning with the parents of the three gifted characters who will become important in Moore’s ...more
Mar 31, 2019
Jun 01, 2018
 
How We Fight For Our Lives
4.40
it was amazing
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher; opinions are my own.

Y'all. 2019 has been a *year* for memoirs. We got T Kira Mad
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Oct 12, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
 
The Revisioners
4.16
it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; opinions are my own.

This book, simply put, is an example of extreme
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Oct 28, 2019
Oct 28, 2019
 
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race
4.39
really liked it
This is as good as everyone says. The two things that set it apart, for me, from other similar books (So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo, B ...more
Dec 08, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
 
Patsy
3.85
really liked it
Wow, the words ‘epic saga’ certainly fit this book- it is so rich in detail, both imagery-wise and plot-wise, that I almost feel like I have a hangove ...more
Apr 13, 2019
Dec 22, 2018
 
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays
4.20
it was amazing
One of the areas in which I am underread is first-person, own voices mental illness narratives. Part of the reason for that is how few of those narrat ...more
Jan 23, 2019
Oct 15, 2018
 
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
4.28
it was amazing
This is one of the most wonderful books of any genre I’ve ever read. I am smitten. Chen writes with such a magical and clear-headed blend of humor, ve ...more
May 02, 2019
Aug 08, 2018
 
Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls
4.32
it was amazing
Re-read 1, June 2019: listened to the audio, which I knew I would love because I’ve seen Madden read several times. I still freaking love this book. I ...more
Jun 24, 2019
Mar 08, 2019
Aug 12, 2018
 
In the Dream House: A Memoir
4.75
it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

Listen, there's not a bad word to be seen or he
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Oct 10, 2019
Jan 01, 2019
 
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses
4.35
it was amazing
Robin Wall Kimmerer is such a wonderful storyteller. She could write/talk about anything in the world and it would be engrossing. I knew a little abou ...more
Apr 07, 2019
Apr 03, 2019
 
Unapologetic: A Black, Queer, and Feminist Mandate for Radical Movements
4.31
really liked it
I listened to this on audio, read by the author, which is something I love doing for memoir/nonfiction because there’s something special about hearing ...more
Sep 22, 2018
Jul 31, 2018
 
Odes to Lithium
4.63
it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review; opinions are my own.

You know how once in a while you’r
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Sep 11, 2019
Sep 11, 2019
 
What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City
4.38
really liked it
This is a page-turner of a true crime story, where the crime is ethnic cleansing and manslaughter of an entire population, mainly children. The author ...more
Feb 23, 2019
Feb 18, 2019
 
En som os
4.19
really liked it
*English review below*

Hvert forår begynder jeg at blive tiltrukket af det danske sprog igen, nok fordi jeg kan mærke i min krop at nu er d
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May 18, 2019
May 17, 2019
 
The Archive of Alternate Endings
4.23
really liked it
This book is like the literary manifestation of the nautilus that dons its cover. It’s ostensibly a novel though I would say it leans more toward poet ...more
Apr 19, 2019
Mar 26, 2019
 
Here Is What You Do
3.47
did not like it
This book is not for me. I finished it for an assignment but really struggled despite the fact that it’s a fast read. This is the kind of lit I don’t ...more
Mar 02, 2019
Feb 27, 2019
 
The Not Wives
4.43
really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher, Feminist Press, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

THE NOT WIVES follows the prot
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Aug 10, 2019
Aug 05, 2019
 
Lot
3.74
it was amazing
I’ll add my voice to the chorus of praise for this book- a collection of interconnected short stories centering on working class Houstonians of color, ...more
Jun 27, 2019
Dec 19, 2018
 
Giovanni’s Room
4.23
really liked it
This book is really fascinating to read. As someone who reads a lot of contemporary queer literature, and is fairly well educated when it comes to the ...more
Feb 11, 2019
Oct 01, 2017
 
When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir
4.49
it was amazing
This is one of the best memoirs I've ever read. Patrisse Khan-Cullors is an incredible writer. Her language uses both beautiful imagery and direct, au ...more
Jan 18, 2019
Jan 16, 2018
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